Short-Handed Stars Fall to Ozarks, 16-0Stephens' soccer reduces number of goals allowed by nine from last week's contest
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Missing some key pieces to the puzzle, the Stephens College soccer team (0-2-0) took to the pitch on Friday night (Sept. 6) with just 11 players. That also meant the active roster for the Stars’ matchup with University of the Ozarks (Ark.) would be on the field for the entire 90 minutes.
With zero subs and just one 15-minute break for halftime, the Stephens soccer team held off the visiting Lady Eagles for as long as they could. However, as the final whistle sounded, the scoreboard read 16-0.
“It’s hard not to feel disheartened by that sort of final score, but I appreciated that our 11 ladies persevered and didn’t give up on each other,” said Stephens head soccer coach Xander Kennedy following the loss.
Considering the circumstances, the Stars matched up pretty well with Ozarks in the first half, allowing just five goals, compared to the 14 first-half goals from last Friday’s home opener against Spring Hill (Ala.).
Controlling possession for majority of the match, the Lady Eagles cranked out 62 shots, 38 of which were on goal. While Stephens’ goalkeeper allowed 16 goals, she also recorded a monstrous 22 saves throughout the contest.
Ozarks’ Victoria Romero came off the bench to record a game-high five goals. Her teammate, Haley Gilliam, also recorded a hat trick with three goals and 10 shots on goal.
In search of the program’s first goal and first win, the Stars have little time to rest as they return to action on Saturday (Sept. 7) with a 2 p.m. match against Central Baptist (Ark.) College.